We are back everyone. Only a handful of reading days left. I hope everyone enjoyed your Memorial Day.
Today's reading is from 2 Samuel 16-17
The thing that stood out to me from this chapter, besides the messed up part at the end when David's son sleeps with all of his concubines in public, is when Shimei virtually heckles David as they travel. Shimei is a relative of Saul and passionately dislikes David. David chooses not to strike back at him, but takes it as a punishment from the LORD. I'm amazed at David's patience here. How many of us could truly stand by and endure insults being hurled at us? Most of these insults were undoubtedly unmerited and baseless; however, David does not strike back out of anger or rage. This makes me question how prepared I am for critics in my life. Am I ready to have critics hurl insults at me continuously? Am I prepared to simply keep going and not striking back in anger or disgust?
Oh boy...this chapter can be messy. God intervenes and thwarts the plans of Absalom by sending in a bad counselor. I'm struck by the fact that the LORD's anointing is still on David and yet David seems to have forgotten this. The LORD tricks Absalom into buying Hushai's plan instead of Ahithophel's plan, which was better. Ahithophel was so shamed by Absalom's decision that he went and hung himself --- that is taking your job seriously! There were two take-aways from this chapter for me: 1. be careful about what advice you take. 2. it is important to have good friends to have your back.